M.O.P. ‘To The Death’
The legendary Brownsville duo of Lil Fame and Billy Danze followed up their first group single
“How About Some Hardcore” with their first full-length studio album, To The Death, in the
Spring of 1994, and they haven’t let up the pressure since. While some solo offerings came
earlier – most notably Fame’s appearance on The Hill That’s Real compilation- the classic
aggressive energy the two emcees exhibit while trading rhymes back and forth is what
street-rap fans have come to know and love from the group. If you are not into the that
smash-ya-face-in style, then simply put, the Mash Out Posse is not for you.
The album was produced entirely by DR Period, except for track “Guns N’ Roses” (produced
by Silver D), and it solidified what has become a successful 30 year career for M.O.P. Fame
and Danze haven’t waivered from their grimy, crimey, high-energy boom bap style
to this day, and the songs on this album established that fact early on. Tracks like
“Rugged Neva Smoove”, “Blue Steel”, “Guns N’ Roses”, and the robbery-story driven
“Heistmasters” are early indicators of the ruckus they would later bring on anthems
like “Stick To Ya Gunz” and “Ante Up”.
A1 Crimetime 1-718 • A2 Rugged Neva Smoove
A3 Ring Ding • A4 Heistmasters
B1 Blue Steel • B2 Who Is M.O.P.??
B3 To The Death • B4 Big Mal
C1 Top Of The Line • C2 This Is Your Brain
C3 Drama Lord
D1 F.A.G. (Fake Ass Gangsta) • D2 How About Some
Hardcore • D3 Positive Influences
D4 Guns N Roses